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The World's Most Powerful Passports and Their Perks

Also learn where the Philippine passport ranks on the list.
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All passports are not created equal. The measure of a passport’s power lies in the mobility it allows its holders. An annual index ranks passports according to the number of countries they allow you to enter visa-free. One country has been taking the most powerful passport crown for the past three years.

The Philippine passport rank 67thth out of the 98 countries ranked, as it is only allowed to enter 60 countries without a visa, which is less than half the number of countries the world’s most powerful passport allows. (On the upside, Philippine passport holders are less likely targeted by passport thieves.)

Nineteen countries place in the top four most powerful passport list but only one country’s passport takes the top spot. Find out which country scored the highest in visa-free travel below.

Power Rank: 4


Japan
South Korea
Switzerland
Portugal
Luxembourg
Austria
Belgium
Netherlands
Italy

Nine countries share the fifth spot as all their passport allow visa-free entry to 155 other countries. Surprisingly, South Korea falls from the top rank as Asia’s most powerful.

Power Rank: 3

The United States of America
United Kingdom
Norway
Spain
France
Finland
Denmark

The UK, USA, and five other countries share the same number passport of visa-free privileges at 156 countries. Meanwhile, a Spanish passport allows you visa-free travel to all Schengen countries and Norway enjoys all these passport perks and is one of the richest countries in the world per capita, while being outside the European Union.

Power Rank: 2

Singapore (Score: 157)
Sweden (Score: 157)

Singapore now holds the most powerful Asian passport, after beating out South Korea.

Sweden is in second place once more. But before you consider migrating to Sweden, know that an application for Swedish citizenship takes years to process and just less that amount of time when you marry a Swedish national.

Power Rank: 1

Germany

Since 2014, German passport holders have enjoyed the privilege of traveling to the most number of countries in the world without a visa. Although this year, visa restrictions tightened, causing fewer countries offering a visa-free travel. Germany's numbers greatly fell from 177 to 158.

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Hannah is a communications graduate from Ateneo de Manila University. She’s originally from Pampanga and from a big, close-knit family who likes to find a reason to get together at the dinner table. Experiences inspire her. “Once, at a restaurant, I received an interpretation of my second name ‘Celina,’ and it meant 'someone who tries everything once' and that is me through and through,” she says. As for the job, she wants her “readers to be inspired by the stories of the people we feature and to move them to reach for greater things.”
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